When I was 17, I came here to do Foundation studies, which is an entry programme for uni. Now, I’m in my third year of my Bachelor degree in Education. My case is unusual, because although many Chinese people who come here to study are rich, my family is not rich. My parents are separated and my father doesn’t contribute much to child support. Also, my extended family didn’t support my decision to come here because where I come from, the neighbourhood is still very traditional in their way of thinking. They think it’s not necessary to invest so much money in education for girls, because they will marry out of the family.
But my mum is a really open-minded person, and she was supportive when I told her my dream to come here, even though we are struggling a bit financially. At that time, I was young, and didn’t know it would cost a lot of money. Then, when I got to uni, I realised how much it was costing, and had a period when I felt really guilty. But when I talked to Mum, she said, ‘I don’t want you to lose your opportunity to study abroad. Don’t worry. I can afford it.’ I’m really grateful that she made this life-changing decision for me.
It hasn’t always been easy to do this degree. Sometimes people say things like, ‘Oh, if you go back to China, you’ll be a great teacher. Are you sure you’re going to teach here?’, which made me start to doubt myself. It was quite depressing, and I even thought about withdrawing.
But I finally decided to use those words to actively seek out opportunities to gain more experience and build up my confidence instead. As a result, I did a teaching internship during my holiday back in China and when I came back, I started volunteering as a teaching assistant in a primary school. I also found a job in another school doing after school care. I think everything happens for a reason, and I’ve now become more mentally strong and more prepared for this year.
I’d like to work in Australia so that I can pay my Mum back some of the money she invested in me. And I’d also like to work in China. Through my degree, I’ve become aware of the difference between the two education systems, and I’d like to take the valuable parts of Australian education to children in China.
I really appreciate the experience of studying here, and hopefully I can make some positive changes to children’s lives in the future.
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What a lovely outlook you have. You will make a great teacher wherever you choose to teach. Good luck and all the best for your future. X
I work at an International campus & I love seeing overseas students thrive & enjoy their learning experience in this country. I have no doubt you will make a difference & your mothers investment will be well worth it. Never let others doubt you, the future is in you. I see it everyday in the faces of our students. Good luck with your future studies….you got this 🙂
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With that smile that lights up a room and your beautiful outlook your students will thrive. Live your dream.
You will be a great teacher! Remember you cant learn about life in a book, you need to live it ????????
It’s always worth it to invest in girls! Prove them wrong.
good luck Shanshan, I hope your dreams can be realised here in Australia.
Australia and China are both lucky to have someone so dedicated working their behalf. May you realise the opportunities of both, without feeling beholden to either.
Also, shoutout to your mum, what a boss. If you can, make sure she realises that her sacrifices made you the inspirational woman you are.
Cheers to all the mums who make the necessary sacrifices to send their kids off on their way. And to all the kids who appreciate it and grab the opportunities with both hands.
I have so much respect for international students who come here with little to no English and have to find work and do everything for themselves as well as study.
Good luck Shanshan 🙂 You will be a great teacher, wherever you decide to teach 🙂
May every good thing come your way and also to your mother ❤️ what a beautiful story
Don’t ever give up and let people cast doubt in your miss. Keep following your dreams and you’ll make a difference. One foot in front of the other. ????
Wonderful and inspiring story Shanshan. Thank goodness for strong women like you and your mum.
Shanshan, I think you’ll do magic wherever you choose to shine!
As a retired primary school teacher I applaud you on all levels. You are what is needed in any educational system. I hope it will be here, but understand your desire to take your skills and attitude back home. You will be a powerful asset wherever you work, inspiring your students and colleagues.
Some people you know just by looking at them that they are “good souls” – she strikes me as one such person.
Thanks for being such an inspiration, Shanshan. You remind us all to appreciate the value of education and giving back to the communities and loved ones so others can enjoy the journey, too.
In Europe education is much cheaper and very good. I never understood these crazy prices in systems like Australia and USA….
Check out the international school job market. You would be a great candidate.
You’ll be an amazing teacher wherever you choose to work <3
This is what we can say that set your attitude at top then fate can also change. Good luck Shan shan
All the best for your career, I hope you continue to find it rewarding no matter where you teach. Your mum is obviously awesome.
Not just a wonderfully friendly and happy person. You’re dedicated and so hard working. You’re an inspiration Shanshan!!! Can’t wait to be back at uni with you next year. Sending you much love from the U.K ????
Shanshan Wang I am so very lucky to have you working at my Outside School Hours Care service. Your dedication, passion, and strong work ethic is impeccable. We have formed such a good friendship due to the kind hearted person you are. Never stop striving to reach the top. People like you were born to stand out. So proud of you!